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Bought a new playmate for Silkie

Now I have Silkie I've effectively halved the already small mileage I do in the BMW - and it shows. The BMW, being an old-school diesel, doesn't like short journeys and needs to do lots more miles than it does. Also, as it needs four new tyres, a Inspection 1 service and a new windscreen I felt it was time to put the old girl out to pasture. Therefore, I've been looking around for a petrol replacement.

I've been thinking C-class, 3 series possibly - even a Jaguar - but looking around it seems that petrol versions of these cars are like hens teeth to find - there are so few! So off we went to a car supermarket to kick some tyres and... my choices were all deemed too small. Not enough room in the back (guess who asked our six foot son to come along???) Anyway, instead, we ended up looking at E classes, 5 series, an A6, the Jaguar, a Passat, a Mazda 6 and others. Just sitting in the cars got us down to three possibilities - the E class, the 5 series and the A6, so I then started looking for contenders to drive. The nearest of seven petrol E classes for sale in the UK was 60 miles away; the nearest of three petrol A6's was over a hundred miles away and the nearest of twenty BMWs was 12 miles away.

We tried the E class first and I'm afraid we didn't like it. The ride was too soft and the car wallowed a lot. Oddly, the car (an E350 CGI) also seemed slow to react to steering and acceleration (yes, in S-mode). A pity, as I was looking forward to buying one of these.

Then we looked round at 5 series. Found a 528i SE fairly close, five years old, 44K miles on the clock, the right colours and the right major toys (but no sat nav or xenons - both of which are easy retrofits!) and drove it on Sunday and felt right at home. Ride, response, the feeling inside, road noise, seat comfort all good. The car has a tiny stone chip on the bonnet, unmarked alloys, good tyres and was 'reduced - this weekend only'. So we bought it and we pick it up on Friday.

So today I did not tinker with Silkie but I did strip out the stereo from the old BMW as he only offered me a low(ish) trade-in. He's getting it with the original radio cassette in it. I've removed the Bluetooth head unit, amplifier and sub and I'll sell these to make up some extra dough towards a Pro sat-nav and speaker upgrade in the new BMW.

Quite excited really! - oh. And I did tinker with Silkie a bit. Took the LED number plate lights off the BMW and put them into Silkie. So she has a new, bright-white rear - and on Friday she'll meet her new playmate. Which means I've had a new car last November 26th and I get another new car this November 25th. Not bad.
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Hope you all get on splendidly (at yhe risk of getting banned, I'm a fan of the 5 series myself) !!
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I'm posting in Off Topic..
I mentioned Silkie
I own 'at least one' SLK - heck, even upgraded her!
And I'm standing by this post with my legs planted, my head held high and my arms crossed.

So there!
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I recently picked up a 5 series too! Great cars! Like you I ended up with a non xenon headlight but after looking at the costs involved in retrofitting OEM xenon headlight I decided to retro-fit an hid kit into the dipped beam projectors and it's a massive improvement over the halogen. Like Mercedes the Canbus system in these BMWs is very sensitive to different bulbs etc. Are you planning on retro-fitting the OEM professional media set-up with widescreen NAV etc?
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Congratulations! I'm not sold on the different brand yet, because im tootling around in a z4 but the 5's are gorgeous! feel free to post some pics when you get a chance
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I recently picked up a 5 series too! Great cars! Like you I ended up with a non xenon headlight but after looking at the costs involved in retrofitting OEM xenon headlight I decided to retro-fit an hid kit into the dipped beam projectors and it's a massive improvement over the halogen. Like Mercedes the Canbus system in these BMWs is very sensitive to different bulbs etc.
Thanks for this - yes, I'll see what a HID kit will do. I've a tame mechanic who is MOT-qualified (For non-UK members the MOT is an annual roadworthyness test in the UK), so anything I'll do will be run past him first.

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Are you planning on retro-fitting the OEM professional media set-up with widescreen NAV etc?
Oh yes. Now there are a few appearing from broken cars it's a lot cheaper to do. And, surprisingly, buying a used 5 series with the navi on board adds Ł1,500 to the price. Apart from the coding required it looks straight forward - and I'll probably drop the Focal speaker/sub upgrade in it too while the car is apart.

But let's get it home first.....
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I've only got the seller's photos at the moment but since you asked so nicely ...

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